We join San Francisco-based fashion blogger Julia Engel AKA Gal Meets Glam as she travels across Europe wearing her favourite pieces from the Reiss AW14 womenswear collection, imparting her top travel and fashion secrets along the way. Read on to delve into Julia's fashionable life as she travels across the European continent.
How does your style differ when visiting Europe?
My style doesn't really differ that much while travelling. I'm definitely influenced by my surroundings, whether that be to wear something more colourful, more prints, or something more tailored. I still like to dress up and be put together even when I’m on the go!
What were your favourite destinations during your trip around Europe and why?
London. It’s such an amazing city, the public transport was great so it was easy to travel all over the city. Notting Hill was so incredibly charming. I met some local bloggers while I was there and loved getting to know them. I also loved Prague. The character of the city was amazing. It was refreshingly inexpensive. I went to a rooftop bar one night for drinks where I could hear street performers and see the astronomical clock as it rang.
On the day that I ventured up to Prague Castle I was rewarded with amazing views of the city. There were pretty gardens that I stumbled upon too. I made sure that I woke up early in the morning to walk across Charles Bridge joined only by other photographers and joggers.
What are your suitcase essentials when travelling?
For fall/winter my essentials are layers, a great coat, a neutral coloured bag and flat boots. Those are the basics that I couldn't travel without.
Which AW14 trends are you wearing most?
Capes! They're cosy but still chic.
How best would you describe your signature style?
My signature style is definitely very feminine and classic. I'm drawn to timeless pieces that are both ladylike yet modern.
What did you learn on your trip?
Remember the power of planning. My husband and I would collaborate on our schedule for the next day before going to bed every night. I would search through Pinterest trying to find beautiful locations to visit or I’d go on Instagram to find delicious-looking restaurants. My husband would save all of the locations on Google Maps and plan out where we could visit and on what days, cutting down on transportation and maximizing how much we could do each day.
Also, take trains. It's a great way to save money, even if you are riding first class. You don't have to pay for baggage. Train stations are located much closer to the centre of the city compared to airports, so your taxis will be cheaper. You don't have to show up an hour or more before your departure and there is no security to go through.
It’s also important to take a second to relax. I visited a lot of places on my trip and I was always on the go. I tried to soak up as much of each city as I could during the length of time that I was there. But I learned to also take a second to relax and admire the beauty in front of me and to enjoy my company; it makes it that much more enjoyable.
The best piece of style advice you've been given?
Dress to make yourself happy. It's easy to get caught up in trends or what other people are wearing, but just wear what makes you feel confident and feel like "you".